Vintage Fashion: The Ultimate Vintage Chanel Handbag


Handbags are statement jewellery, especially the vintage Chanel 2.55 classic flap handbag. Karl Lagerfeld was quoted as saying “we create a product nobody needs, but people want.” Chanel from the 1980s – 1990s were truly exceptional years and an iconic period for vintage Chanel. Some of the most sought after bags from this era are due to a combination of affordability and availability. And Karl may not agree, but people DO need and want these bags.

Vintage Chanel 2.55 Handbag

Chanel is a brand that evokes a unique statement, especially when it comes to vintage because it is so collectible. And because the 2.55 is no longer in production it means they have become quite popular and highly searched for. If you have owned a bag by Chanel you know that the quality is exceptional and the craftsmanship unique, right down to the tiniest hidden stitch. Knowing however you can still find a great vintage Chanel bag that is 25 years or older in good condition, is even more enticing.

The collectability of the vintage Chanel 2.55 handbag is becoming more popular by the day because it was limited, resale values are getting high and continue to rise because people invest in them. Unfortunately the flipside is the amount of knock-offs increases on places like ebay, and it becomes harder for a vintage Chanel bag hunter to know what the real thing is.


Here are some things you should pay attention to if you are considering purchasing a vintage Chanel 2.55 from the 1960s – 1990s. There are certainly many other details to be aware of, however these are a head start and some obvious features that go unnoticed.

Ways to tell a vintage Chanel 2.55 from a fake

1. A vintage Chanel 2.55 has an 8 digit serial number inside on a stitched piece of material, on it are a Chanel logo and CC logos in gold, and gold glitter embedded into the tag. The tag has a huge ‘X’ cut in it to ensure if anyone takes it off it is surly ruined. With fake bags these will simply lift right off.

2. The bag comes with an accompanying small plastic ‘authenticity card’ with the matching 8 digits on it. Fake ‘authenticity cards’ come in a plastic cover. Original ‘authenticity cards’ have matte gold trim, fakes have a rainbow sheen under camera flash. The ‘authenticity card’ should come in a black envelope with a Chanel logo and sometimes a separate care card, also black with a Chanel logo.

1980s onward

3. The authenticity tag was stuck to the inside material of a pocket. Often with age all you have left is a horseshoe white sticker where the serial number is. 

If you can’t live without a Chanel 2.55 bag simply look for a vintage one from the 1980s to 1990s. You’ll be happy to know they can still be bought at a reasonable price. And when you consider a new bag is still 30% more expensive, going vintage in many ways is a great option, and isn’t vintage just better, anyway!

Best of luck finding a vintage Chanel 2.55 handbag, these are some of the most coveted handbags around. Keep hunting and we know you’ll find a truly great one that suits you perfectly.

Vintage Chanel Handbags



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